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4097978025 - March 2009 Mary F. Toro Director Division of...

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March 2009 Mary F. Toro 1 Views expressed in this presentation are those of the staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commission Director Division of Regulatory Enforcement
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S CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION REQUIREMENTS An In Depth Review 2
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± verview f the onsumer Product Safety Today’s Agenda Overview of the Consumer Product Safety Commission ± Impact of Imports on Product Safety ± Mandatory Standards: ± Clothing Flammability ± Children’s Sleepwear ± CPSIA oluntary Standards ± Voluntary Standards ± Drawstrings on children’s clothing ± dustry esponsibilities 3 Industry Responsibilities
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency created to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products. Commissioners are appointed by the president for multi- year terms with confirmation by the Senate. 4
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hat is a Cons mer What is a Consumer Product? Jurisdiction over thousands of different consumer products under the Consumer Product Safety Act xcludes some products covered by other federal Excludes some products covered by other federal agencies, such as: Cars and related equipment (NHTSA) ood drugs medical devices cosmetics (FDA) – Food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics (FDA) – Firearms (BATF) – Airplanes (FAA) – Boats (Coast Guard) – Pesticides (EPA) 5
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Four Types of Safety Concerns •P r o ducts that fail to comply with a mandatory safety standard or ban under the Acts; roducts that fail comply with luntary standards Products that fail to comply with voluntary standards and the Commission staff has determined such failure to be a substantial product hazard, such as l t i d t t h d f strangulation and entrapment hazards from drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear; • Product that contains a defect which could create a “substantial product hazard ”; and, • Product that creates an “unreasonable risk of serious 6 injury or death.
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Action CPSC can take Work with industry to develop voluntary standards or y py issue mandatory safety standards Ban products where a standard is not feasible Work with industry on a voluntary recall or can require the mandatory recall of dangerous or violative products Seize products that violate mandatory standards Seek civil and criminal penalties for Section 15 and 37 reporting requirements d t di th f f d t 7 Educate consumers regarding the safe use of products
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Violations / Prohibited Acts he Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), Flammable The Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) make it unlawful to: Manufacture, distribute or import any product that does not comply with a mandatory standard or ban under any act the Commission enforces; Fail to report information as required by section 15(b) (CPSA); Fail to certify; and Fail to include tracking labels when appropriate.
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